NORMAN — It’s no secret that we journalist don’t get paid a lot of money. Instead, we get rewarded by telling stories and meeting new people. Most of the people I’ve interviewed have stayed in my heart and thoughts for several years. Many of them have become dear friends. Some of the people I’ve encountered while jotting down every word they tell me have even changed my life. That’s something that I know I’ll never see on any paycheck.
Talk to any reporter and you’ll hear all of their war stories about assignments they’ve been given that they didn’t want. I’ve got those, too. But I’ve also got the stories that stick with me forever. One of those stories is Ransom Hardesty.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Hardesty family in September. As soon as I walked into their beautiful Norman home, I felt like I was a friend. Their warm hospitality and calming nature put me at ease for our first meeting. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous about meeting Aimee and Clint, after all, I wasn’t there to discuss happy things. I was there to share their story about their 4-year-old son Ransom who, last March, was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, a cancer of the liver common in men over 65. When doctors first told the Hardesty family Ransom’s diagnosis, they were shocked.
“I didn’t really think that cancer was remotely a possibility. He has always been healthy, apart from the allergies. Very energetic, rambunctious, very fearless,” Clint said during our interview.
For about a year little Ransom Hardesty fought hard. His family tried everything possible to help their warrior. They went to specialty hospitals, most out of state, and the family relied heavily on the support and prayers from the congregation at St. Thomas More University Parish and Student Center, their coworkers and bosses at the University of Oklahoma, neighbors and friends.